Pet Project: Charcoal and the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers


If you noticed that I’d been a bit remiss in posting this afternoon, this is because while working at my computer today, my 3 year old rescue Standard Poodle, Charcoal, made it known that something was terribly wrong.  By the time I caught on, he was practically driving me to the Veterinarian himself.

Abandoning a well-planned afternoon, I raced to Stamen Animal Hospital, where he was stabilized by Dr. Maria Violi, pronounced to be in shock and X-Rayed to reveal a twisted stomach, gastric dilation volvulus, or bloat.

I gathered my children, returned to the vet, and we were warned to expect the worst.  Because surgery was required and 24 hour monitoring was best, we got him to the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, one of the best animal emergency surgical facilities anywhere.

Please put their phone number in your address book, PDA or iPhone and on the fridge.

Charcoal remains there tonight. He’ll be there for several days. And what I learned is the dogs most at risk for developing this are Standard Poodles, Wolfhounds, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Setters, Saint Bernards, Malamutes, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, and Akitas. Generally, any dog that is of a large breed and has a deep chest has an increased risk of developing bloat.

Write down the number and hug your dog for me.

Animal Specialty Center 9 Odell Plaza  Yonkers, NY (914) 457-4000  Off Executive Blvd. exit on the Saw Mill.


9 thoughts on “Pet Project: Charcoal and the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers

  1. Charcoal is home, and he should be fine (other than the stitches from stem to stern and the doggie downers he will be on for a few days.) Great care from Stamen and ASC. Thank you all so much!

  2. Poor Char! I’m so sorry. But agree ALL pet owners should have that number at fingertips. Fifi went there at 3pm on Christmas Eve, diagnosed with a broken ankle. They respected my concern that her career as a dancer was already compromised and did least (read cheapest) thing they could, saw her again Christmas day, continued to keep her comfy. Today she’s herself again, and I am only out about $500 (vs the $4000 for the surgery and physical therapy). Great place.

  3. I adopted a male Bichon “Max” 12 years ago – he’ll be 17 on April 5th! Two summers ago, during an incredible hot spell, in spite of the fact that I kept Max in my air-conditioned bedroom, he became listless to the point where I thought I had lost him. A friend helped me drive him to the Yonkers Animal Specialty Center. They diagnosed him as being extremely dehydrated and treated him. I waited in their spotless waiting room (which has TV and free coffee and water) and the staff would come out and keep me apprised of his progress. Within a few hours, he was his old self again and I was able to take him home. I recommended them to friends, one of whom had to face the “final decision” to have a beloved pet put down. The staff was amazingly comforting and supportive. I cannot say enough good things about this facility or their wonderful staff.

    • I can tell you that Charcoal came through surgery, is perky and eating! I am hoping we will bring him home tomorrow. The Vet has called 2x/day to update me. Very impressive.

  4. The folks there are second to none. Seriously , Your dog is in great hands. I am sure charcoal will be home and good as new soon.

    • I hadn’t seent he commetn below mine prior to posting, I am very sorry for that persons bad experience. I have had animals there twice and both times they rec’d excellent care — I will admit, it wasn’t cheap.. but ER visits are the most expensive kind of care around for any being. I hope you have a good experience there. BUt also appreciate the other readers cautionary (and very sad) tale

  5. i’m sorry to hear about your dog but as someone with experience with that particular animal hospital, i have to vehemently disagree with you. the animal specialty center is a disgrace of a facility. my dog had surgery to correct a torn ligament and the recovery was a disaster due to a poor job done by the orthapedist. i had to bring her to a vet in the city who had replaced her knee yrs before to correct. i brought my cat into them late one night when he was unable to close his mouth due to 2 teeth turned at an angle and they told me that to correct that evening i would have to pay an additional $1000 to have the surgeon come in. i was under the impression they were an EMERGENCY ROOM so i was flabbergasted to be told that bringing a dr. in would bring my bill to a whopping $4800 to remove 2 teeth. i refused the service, drove to another 24 hr vet who removed his teeth within the hr for $800.00 and monitored him throughout the evening. i have met 3 other pet owners in larchmont who have had horrific experiences with this hospital ranging from misdiagnosis to shotty care.
    i HIGHLY recommend the new cornell animal hospital that opened in stamford ct. it is 20 minutes from larchmont and the people there are just wonderful, caring professionals who treated me and my family with the utmost compassion when i recently had to make the hardest decision of my life to put my best friend of 12 yrs down.

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